Briefly about the 72nd Cannes Film Festival
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2019-05-14

From the History of Cannes International Film Festival

In 1938, after Olympia by Leni Riefenstahl reaped the best film award at Venice Film Festival, the delegation members of France, the United States and Great Britain left the film forum as a sign of a protest. The French party decided to create its own festival, which will have an independent jury. The first ever Cannes film festival was supposed to be take place in 1939, under the presidency of Louis Lumière but the opening was cancelled due to the beginning of the Second World War. The first edition of the Cannes Film Festival was held in 1946.

The Jury of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival

"Cannes is a festival that has always been very important to me. I am thrilled that this year I have the immense honor of presiding over the international jury. Cinema runs through the veins of the planet and this festival has been its heart." - declared Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu after he was named as a jury president of the Cannes International Film Festival.

"It is a very rare that Alejandro González Iñárritu agrees to take part in a jury and it is the first time that the Festival de Cannes Jury is to be chaired by a Latin American filmmaker." Proudly noted Thierry Frémaux the artistic director of the Festival.

With Iñárritu, among the members of the jury, are: Alice Rohrwacher the director of one of the outstanding films of the 2018 - Happy as Lazzaro (the film was screened at the 19th Tbilisi International Film Festival), Robin Campillo (who visited our Festival in 2013, and whose feature film 120 BPM won the Cannes Grand Prix in 2017), Yorgos Lanthimos (you should definitely remember his film The Favourite screened at the closing of our festival last year) and Pawel Pawlikowski (his film Cold War was also shown at 19th Tbilisi Film Festival).

What you shouldn't leave without Attention

This year, after 55 years, Eldar Shengelaia's and Tamaz Meliava's film The White Caravan returns to Cannes which was presented in Festival Competition Programme in 1964 but the Palme d'Or was granted to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg by Jacques Demy that year. The White Caravan will be screened in the section Cannes Classics.

After Jeanne Moreau, Woody Allen, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Fonda, Clint Eastwood, Alain Delon will receive the honorary Palme d'Or for the special contribution to the cinema.

At this poster, 26-year-old Agnès Varda is making her first film. Standing on the shoulders of the technician, she's looking in the little hole of the camera. It's symbolic, that her first film „La Pointe Courte", come out in 1955, was screened at Cannes. Her films were presented in the Main Competition Programme 13 times. In 2005 and 2013 she was Festival de Cannes jury member and in 2015 she received the honorary Palme d'Or. The filmmaker Agnès Varda passed away on March 29, 2019.

The feature film ‘And Then We Danced' by Swedish director of Georgian origin - Levan Akini will premiere at Cannes in the section Directors' Fortnight. Georgian actors star for the leading roles.

And of course, Quentin Tarantino! It is true that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood couldn't get to the Competition Programme, it's said that the lack of time was the reason, but the director still managed to complete the film and it will be premiered at Cannes. Tarantino's story taking place in Hollywood includes Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell and Tim Roth.

"Silvester Stallone will be in Cannes this year" - says the festival's official web-page. He just never passes unnoticed at the red carpet - film critics claim. As it turned out, this year, the audience gathered at the Cannes Film Festival, are meant to be brought back to the childhood. The 72nd Film Festival will screen the final Rembo film - Rembo V -Last Blood.

About the Opening Film 

The festival will open on May 14th with Jim Jarmusch's competition film The Dead Don't Die. Impressive cast and Jarmusch's version of a zombie comedy is awaiting the audience, including the policemen, Bill Murray and Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton fighting with Samurai Sword, zombie Iggy Pop, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez and Tom Waits. As the film trailer shows, things are not going so well in Jarmusch's small town. The moon's getting bigger and lifting down, during the day, daylight decreases and the animals start to act weird; horrible stories are told in local News and scientists seem concerned. In fact, the dead don't die! They get up from their graves and attack the living!

In Competition Programme

Main competition presents 19 films:

The Dead Don't Die by Jim Jarmusch

Dolor y gloria (Pain and Glory) by Pedro Almodóvar

Il Traditore (The Traitor) by Marco Bellocchio

The Wild Goose Lake by Diao Yinan

Gisaengchung (Parasite) by Bong Joon-ho

Le jeune Ahmed (Yound Ahmed) by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Roubaix, une lumière (Oh Mercy!) by Arnaud Desplechin

Atlantique by Mati Diop

Matthias et Maxime (Matthias and Maxime) by Xavier Dolan

Little Joe by Jessica Hausner

Sorry We Missed You by Ken Loach

Les Misérables by Ladj Ly

A Hidden Life by Terrence Malick

Bacurau by Kleber Mendonça Filho

La Gomera (The Whistlers) by Corneliu Porumboiu

Frankie by Ira Sachs

Portrait dela jeune fille en feu by Céline Sciamma

It must be Heaven by Elia Suleiman

Sibyl by Justine Triet

NO to Netflix

Netflix films are officially banned at Cannes. "Films made with Netflix money will never be screened at Cannes Festival competition" - claimed festival organizers last year who try to confront the television industry this way. That was the reason why Netflix's notable product Roma by Alfonso Cuarón got to the Venice Film Festival. Probably, for the same reason, Martin Scorsese's The Irishman and Steven Soderbergh's The Laundromat were left out of the Cannes programme this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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